I know lots of you awesome readers aren't Canadian, but for those who are I'm sure you've heard... 'Countdown to Election' happening in May.
As an artsy fartsy yogini I find politics *yawn* so incredibly boring and at the same time terrifyingly frustrating. To the point that although I strongly believe this is an important post... I kinda didn't want to write it. BLEGH politics.
The most interesting conversation I've ever listened to was how despite the common belief that 'young' people (generation x-y-ers) don't vote because they aren't interested- in fact they are; they just don't believe the political machine is the way to make a difference. Instead of voting we invest energy, time and money in NGO's and grass roots community organizations, charities and volunteering projects. I can relate to that. It's not that I don't care; it's that government just seems so broken and overwhelming.
After some thought and calm contemplation I had to be honest with myself... the best way to make a significant difference for our planet will come from large governmental policy changes. Last week on St Patrick's Day we went to see Dr. William Rees, the leading Canadian researcher on carbon footprint. It was beyond interesting, scary and a thought provoking lecture. The big message? We need to make a cultural and social shift that is supported by government.
How do we do that? We vote. We write letters. We protest.
The past year or so I've taken some time to meditate past my frustrations, my sense of despair on my little voice ever being heard and have decided that the government will only reflect ME if I demand it to.
So, as boring and frustrating as it may seem- please add voting to your toolbox labeled 'Essentials for Saving My Planet' alongside decreasing plastic, walking to yoga practice and shopping local.
Canadian political parties: information link! (Check out the Rhino and Pirate Parties! Hah!).
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